Now You See Me: Lacey Flint is your new favourite cop

Now You see Me book review

What is this about?: Lacey Flint finds herself the centre of a Jack the Ripper-like series of murders in London, when the killer targets her and sends her messages about the murders. This is a marvellous, gripping and just plain bloody fantastic beginning to a series featuring Lacey, a woman trying to build a new life for herself and finding herself pulled to the past because of the murders.

What else is this about?: What it means to survive – in two very different ways.

Blurb 

One night after interviewing a reluctant witness at a London apartment complex, Lacey Flint, a young detective constable, stumbles onto a woman brutally stabbed just moments before in the building’s darkened parking lot. Within twenty-four hours a reporter receives an anonymous letter that points out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper’s first murder—a letter that calls out Lacey by name. If it’s real, and they have a killer bent on re-creating London’s bloody past, history shows they have just five days until the next attempt.

No one believes the connections are anything more than a sadistic killer’s game, not even Lacey, whom the killer seems to be taunting specifically. However, as they investigate the details of the case start reminding her more and more of a part of her past she’d rather keep hidden. And the only way to do that is to catch the killer herself.

Stars: 5

This is one of those books where after reading it, I need to get my review out because it made the hairs on my arms stand on end, it was so good.

So. Now You See Me revolves around Lacey – a young constable in the London police force, who witnesses a murder and then finds herself promptly the focus of a Jack-the-Ripper-esque killer who sends her messages and hints as to the next victim.

Soon, she, her boss, DI Tulloch and Jonesbury, a DI, are all working together as part of a team to find the killer – despite their best intentions to keep Lacey as a witness and out of harm’s way. Lacey as it turns out, dives headfirst into finding the killer, making herself indispensable with her encyclopedic knowledge of the Jack the Ripper. He was, as it turns out, one of her favourite people out of history.

Very quickly,  Tulloch begins to trust her, and Jonesbury might be developing romantic feelings for her, but the latter never really takes over the story because as much as he might be in like with her, Jonesbury has more than enough evidence to think she’s the killer or knows who it is, or is involved somehow. That sort of suspicion warrs with his romantic feelings for her, while Lacey finds herself feeling the same things… but she never really trusts him enough.

And that’s just a taste of why I count Lacey Flint as one of the best female characters I’ve read in a long time.

Bolton is a restrained writer, even as she’s describing the gore of the murders, or the tense scenes where the killer gets close enough to Lacey, that I wondered if she’d be next to die. Every bit of this book is filled with a simmering tension because Bolton doesn’t hide the fact that Lacey is in fact a liar, but we just don’t know what about. When all is revealed, it’s a gut punch in how elegant it is, and how it just turns everything you know upside down and I was sitting there going WOW.

This incredible, elegant writing and plotting that leads to a devastating ending I am still trying to digest even as I write this. This should 100% be next on your TBR. 

12 Comments

  • Oh wow, this book sounds super cool! I love stories that are inspired by Jack the Ripper (like Stalking Jack the Ripper, which was a fun read… as weird as that sounds!). I love all the things you mentioned in your review, and I could tell how much you enjoyed it from the way you wrote about it. I don’t often pick up adult fiction, as I usually gravitate towards YA, but I think I might have to break the tradition and pick this one up. I’d love to see how it ends!

    Lovely review 🙂

    • Verushka says:

      This book blew me away, Chiara. It started out in a straightforward fashion, before the author begn to reveal the real story and then I was hooked completely. Lacey is such a fantastic character, and I seriously hope you get a chance to read this.

  • Jen Mullen says:

    I’ve read a lot of Sharon Bolton’s books including several in the Lacy Flint series, but somehow I’ve missed this very first installment of Lacy Flint!

  • Oh wow, this sounds incredible. Adding to my TBR right now!

    • Verushka says:

      It so is Suzaqnne — it’s such a wonderful build-up, and Bolton just keeps the tension going with just enough for you to realise the story you’re getting isn’t even close to being about it all.

  • Lily says:

    ha, I love Jack the ripper inspired reads. Did not realize this has been out in the states already o.o I wonder what the ending is like and how I would feel about it

    • Verushka says:

      Have you read this series? In the UK maybe? I thought the ending was brilliant and can chat to you about it if you want?

  • Kelly says:

    This sounds absolutely incredible Verushka, like Chiara I’m so morbidly intrigued by Jack The Ripper, he’s a historical monster that almost seems fictional. Lacey sounds like an unreliable protagonist as well, which I’m here for. I love a book that’ll keep you guessing until the end. Incredible review Verushka, absolutely loved it! <3 <3

    • Verushka says:

      TY!! Kelly, this book! It’s filled with tension, and red herrings and lies, and all the while I found myself sympathetic and so invested in Lacey and her colleagues as they tried to figure out this case. From where I started to where this ended, I was just thoroughly impressed with how Bolton weaved this story, so that when you look back, you’ll go OH.

  • Oh yes, I think I would enjoy this one! Great review. I’m off to add it to my wishlist now. 🙂

    • Verushka says:

      Jenea, this book is fantastic. It’s a game of cat-and-mouse with these characetrs — with Lacey’s lies, Jonesbury’s suspicions and the reality of the situation. Bolton’s writing is such that I found myself going back and looking through the quietest, straightforward scenes and seeing the building blocks Bolton was setting in place for her ending.

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